"A mind lively and at ease" is a blog by a first-generation Russian-Ukrainian immigrant Maria K. (Maria Igorevna Kuroshchepova). An engineer by education, an analyst by trade, as well as a writer, photographer, artist and amateur model, Maria brings her talent for weaving an engaging narrative to stories of life, fashion and style advice, book and movie reviews, and common-sense and to-the-point essays on politics and economy.
Tara and I met at Jack Canfield's Breakthrough to Success seminar in August of 2014. Getting her book out was one of the core goals she had set for herself at the seminar - and boy, did she deliver! To celebrate Tara's brand-new publication, we sat down for a brief chat.
What is your favorite virtue? Compassion
Your favorite qualities in a man. Trust, honesty, faithfulness, courage, strength, spirituality
Your favorite qualities in a woman. Same as a man.
Your chief characteristic. Passionate
What do you appreciate the most about your friends? loyalty
Your main fault. Perfectionist
Your favorite occupation. healthcare
Your idea of happiness. Being with your best friend/soul mate sitting by the ocean.
Your idea of misery. loneliness
If not yourself, who would you be? No-one. I wouldn’t want to be anyone other than myself.
Your favorite heroes in fiction. Don’t have any.
Your favorite heroes in real life. Special needs children.
Your favorite food and drink. I love peanut butter & chocolate and coffee.
What is your present state of mind? Calm and focused.
Your personal motto. Stand up for what you believe in, even if it means you are standing alone!
You can find Tara's book A New Normal: Raising Special Needs Children & Keeping Your Sanity on Amazon and at the Outskirts Press web site. For more about Tara and her son Noah, visit Tara's blog Livin Special.